Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Donatello, And Michelangelo

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With the shifting of time, new ideas began to flood Europe. As the Renaissance period began to grow out of popularity, a new style was beginning to transform the old. The baroque period both accepted and dismissed ideas commonly seen in Renaissance works. Naturalism was still sought, but placement of objects, shadows, and emotions were all altered. Each period brought with it masters of the time. Artist like Rafael, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, and Michelangelo used many of the ideas common to the Renaissance. These ideas included the four innovations: triangular form, chiaroscuro, different perspectives, and oil paints. The Baroque period brought artist such as Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Bernini. These artist twisted many of the…show more content…
Not only does the personality of each artist take root in the figure, but the period it was created does as well. When first viewing the statue, one can notice that their stances differ. Michelangelo’s David is standing up, with a slight weight shift. Bernini’s David, on the other hand, is bent and twisted, depicting a man in the midst of battle. Each artist chose to depict a different scene in the story, Michelangelo’s being before the battle and Bernini’s occurring while the battle is underway. In Bernini’s piece, a sense of movement can be seen, bringing the statue to life. This sense of movement was common in Baroque works, due to a common theatrical sense that was given to art. Many of Bernini’s pieces show the figure as if a snapshot has been taken while performing some deed. Michelangelo's piece, on the other hand, is less lively, keeping the statue at a standstill. The poses of each statue not only changes the sense of movement, but also adjust the symmetry. Michelangelo's statue is shown standing straight up, giving it a sense of symmetry, common to the Renaissance period. The Baroque period, however, often used asymmetry, which is also represented in Bernini’s…show more content…
Both figures give off an athletic aura, with muscles gripping and enthralling the figures. However, Michelangelo gave his David a very bulky look, whereas Bernini depicts a lean figure. The facial features in each also differ. Michelangelo’s David has an aloof feel. It stares ahead with little emotion, other than a crease of the brows. He looks as if he is thinking. Bernini’s figure has ceased brows, flared nostrils, and teeth clenched. He looks to be exerting force, concentrating on the battle between himself and the giant. Once again, this shows the theatrical side of the Baroque period. Michelangelo’s figure gives off confidence while Bernini’s gives off

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